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School textbooks right on time

School textbooks right on time

Primary and secondary students are expected to get new textbooks on the very first day of 2015, as around 70 percent of the over 32 crore copies have already reached upazilas, 32 days ahead of distribution date. The government believes it would be able to deliver the textbooks on time like the previous five...

BGB men open fire after crash kills 2 jawans

BGB men open fire after crash kills 2 jawans

Aggrieved by two fellow jawans getting killed in a road accident, armed BGB men went wild in Phulbari of Dinajpur yesterday leading to a clash with locals that left 13 people injured, including three with bullet wounds. The incident left Dhaka-Dinajpur highway blocked. Police and locals said Border Guard Bangladesh jawans Al Amin, 19, and...

US for talks to end disputes

US for talks to end disputes

National consensus among political parties is a must to strengthen democratic processes and sustainable economic development. Visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal said this yesterday in separate meetings with opposition leader Raushan Ershad, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and civil society representatives, according to meeting sources. Biswal,...

US businesses demand return of GSP benefit

Hundreds of small and big business enterprises in the US urged the Obama administration to restore the GSP (generalised system of preferences) status in the American market by 2014 to keep their businesses afloat. The US companies have been losing $2 million a day -- over $850 million so far -- due to the suspension of the scheme since July 31 last year. The current GSP expiration, now in its 16th month, is the longest in GSP's 40-year history. Business units have...

26 feared dead

One person died and 26 more went missing after a fishing vessel capsized in the Bay of Bengal early yesterday. Two Navy ships and a helicopter scoured the area throughout the day but failed to find any of the missing till 10:00 last night. The FV Bandhan with 29 crewmen onboard turned turtle about 30 nautical miles northwest off the Saint Martin's Island around 3:10am, after being hit by Singapore-bound merchant vessel Bashundhara-8, said officials of Bengal Fisheries Limited, the owner...

India woos neighbours to counter Chinese clout

India woos neighbours to counter Chinese clout

India pledged a slew of regional investments at a South Asian summit this week, seeking to counter China's growing economic inroads into its backyard as it remains embroiled in bitter rivalry with Pakistan. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said South Asia's largest economy would fund regional infrastructure, health facilities and even a communications satellite,...

TIB welcomes Saarc pledge to ensure good governance

Transparency International Bangladesh yesterday welcomed Saarc leaders' pledge to ensure good governance for sustainable development by promoting accountability, transparency and the rule of law. The TIB in a statement called upon the Bangladesh government to take specific steps to genuinely promote accountable and transparent governance. It hoped the other Saarc governments will also follow up on this commitment. The pledge forms part of the Kathmandu Declaration issued at the end of the 18th Saarc Summit on November 26-27. The South Asian...

War crimes accused sent to jail

A court here yesterday sent Shamsuddin Ahmed to jail in a case for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. He was arrested on Thursday for his alleged crimes of killing, arson attack and looting in 1971. Senior Judicial Magistrate SM Rajibul Hasan passed the order when police produced the arrestee before the court at noon. The court also ordered that the relevant documents be sent to the International Crimes Tribunal. A team of Kishoreganj police arrested Shamsuddin from Chourasta Bus Stand in...

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Killing Of 9-yr-old Girl

Protesters block road

Twenty people, including six police personnel, were injured as locals clashed with law enforcers at Bhatara in the capital yesterday. The clash ensued after the locals who were dissatisfied with ongoing police investigation into the murder of a nine-year-old girl started demonstrations around 11:00am besieging Bhatara Police Station and blocking the portion of Pragati Sarani in front of the station. The incident led to long tailbacks on both sides of the busy street. The protesters burned several tyres there and threw brickbats...

In marvel of melodies

In marvel of melodies

Bengal Classical Music Festival 2014, the biggest festival of classical music and dance in the world, entered its second day yesterday with crowds coming in early on a Friday afternoon to enjoy the highest order of classical performing arts. They were treated to a lively performance of a talented percussion quartet from Bangladesh comprising...

Jobseekers to turn job givers

Jobseekers to turn job givers

Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has said the primary focus of social businesses for upcoming years would be transforming the unemployed youth into entrepreneurs in every country. “Social business can help enable jobseekers to become job-givers, thereby generating a virtuous circle of job creation. The changes cannot happen overnight, but we have to multiply the creation of social businesses,” he told the Sixth Global Social Business Summit in Mexico City on Thursday. The November 27-28 summit, the most important forum for social business worldwide, opened with a call to envision a bold future for social business and create a concrete agenda to bring about transformative changes to the world by 2020,...

Primary Terminal Exams

Govt denies claims of question leak

The government has dismissed allegations of question leak in the ongoing primary terminal examinations, but parents yesterday said they had sample questions reportedly leaked from mathematics paper to be held tomorrow. The parents claimed they had started getting the "leaked" questions since Thursday night. "The questions we are getting include two creative, eight short, five subjective and two geometry questions," a guardian from Mohammadpur told The Daily Star over phone. Asked how he had got the sample questions, the parent who wished...

Stop holding lavish parties

Indonesia's president has ordered officials to eat local street food at meetings instead of fancy foreign fare and stop holding lavish parties, the latest moves by the new government to crack down on bureaucratic excess. Snacks such as cassava, steamed corn and yam cakes should be served at official gatherings and the number of guests invited to high-ranking bureaucrats' parties should be limited to 400, a minister said. President Joko Widodo, who took office last month and is known as a...

Drug smuggling rises despite strong watch

Drug smuggling has increased along the India-Bangladesh border while the vigil along the frontier has been tightened to curb it, a top official of Indian Border Security Force has said. "BSF troopers have seized and destroyed drugs and cannabis plants valued at Rs 270 crore on the India-Bangladesh border in Tripura," BN Sharma, inspector general of the force's Tripura frontier, told reporters in Agartala yesterday.  He said: "Since 2012, over 1,017,255 cannabis plants worth Rs 255 crore have been destroyed along...

Sports

Basundhara Cement Test Series & ODI Series

Tigers one step closer

Tigers one step closer

Zimbabwe lifted their game a little bit but in the end they embraced the same fate as the Tigers made it 4-0 by winning the fourth ODI, which started after observing a minute's silence to mourn the untimely death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, of the five-match series by 21 runs at the...

Walton Refrigerator Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League

MSC, Abahani post big wins

A five-wicket haul from young left-arm pacer Mostafizur Rahman led Abahani Limited to their fourth win in the Dhaka Premier League, as they cruised to a six-wicket win over Kalabagan Krira Chakra at Fatullah. After electing to bat first, Kalabagan KC were restricted to 189 for 9 courtesy of Mostafizur's 5 for 32. In reply, unbeaten half-centuries from Chamara Silva and Nasir Hossain led Abahani home with eight overs to spare. At the BKSP, big guns Mohammedan Sporting Club scored a...

Basundhara Cement Test Series & ODI Series

'Never wanted to be a hero'

Mahmudullah Riyad is not a traditional hero for Bangladesh. In fact, for a team that has seen some of its more 'heroic' players get dropped for this series, the decision to stick to Riyad -- who had scored just a 115 runs in nine innings prior to this series this year -- seemed questionable. However, the way he has carried his form from the Test series against the West Indies, suggests that the all-rounder might finally be paying back the...

Dav's Dissection MTV

Dav's Dissection MTV

As I was being driven to the ground in the morning, I was more relaxed than normal. Why was that? I then reminded myself that the series was won and the adrenaline that's usually evident was just not there. The events that transpired early in the match -- Bangladesh's batting -- had suggested to me that the dreaded C word, Complacency, had reared its ugly head. Four for 32 was certainly not in the script. All of a sudden a repair job was needed and not for the first time in the series, a partnership of over a hundred (134 runs off 158 balls) by Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad...

McCullum, Craig floor Pakistan

Opener Brendon McCullum smashed the fastest century by a New Zealand batsman to give his team an upper hand in the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah on Friday. The Kiwi skipper completed his tenth hundred off 78 balls and went on to reach 145-ball 153 when bad light ended play seven overs earlier with New Zealand 249-1, a strong position with just 102 runs away from Pakistan's first innings total of 351. Earlier off-spinner Mark Craig took a...

Sporting world mourns Hughes

Sporting world mourns Hughes

Flags flew at half-mast and thousands of fans and players paid tribute Friday as Australia and the world cricket community united in an outpouring of grief for the tragic death of batsman Phillip Hughes. Cricketers the world over paused to remember the player, and a spontaneous #putyourbatsout campaign received a massive response with thousands...

UEFA Europa League

Everton, Spurs through

Everton, Spurs through

Premier League duo Everton and Tottenham Hotspur both won to clinch qualification for the knockout phase of the Europa League on Thursday, while Celtic also progressed despite losing at home to Salzburg. The Toffees secured their place in the last 32 as winners of Group H with an impressive 2-0 victory away to Bundesliga...

Thai King's Cup

Siddikur misses cut

Bangladesh's premier golfer Siddikur Rahman failed to make the cut in the King's Cup in Thailand after finishing the second round in 110th position yesterday. The 30-year-old golfer traded three bogeys for two birdies at the Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club yesterday to set up an aggregate score of five-over (147). This is the third time in the season -- the CIMB Niaga Indonesia Masters and The Championship in Singapore being the first two -- that Siddikur has missed...

Kings Cup

Sk Jamal eye final

Bangladesh Premier League champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club will look to book their berth in the final of the King's Cup when they take on defending champions Manang Marshyangdi Club of Nepal in the first semifinal today. The match will be held at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu and will begin at 4:00pm Bangladesh time. The Dhanmondi giants, who are taking part in only their third overseas tournament -- having won the Safal Pokhara Gold Cup in Nepal in 2011 and...

Pele 'doing fine'

Brazil football legend Pele, who has been hospitalized for three days suffering from a urinary infection, reached out to his fans via social media Thursday to say he's "doing fine." The Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo said earlier that his condition had "improved" and that the 74-year-old -- widely regarded as the greatest player of all time -- was receiving renal treatment. But contrary to the hospital's assertion that he was in intensive care, Pele -- whose real name is...

Editorial

Editorial

Saarc Summit ends on a positive note

AFTER a day of uncertainty marked by a stand-off of sorts between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif, who did not exchange greetings nor shook hands on the inaugural day, the second day saw them warmly shaking hands to the relief of everybody. And of the three agreements on the table, the most important one on structured cooperation in energy has been clinched. The other two, viz. motor vehicles and regional railway pacts, too have...

Editorial

Climate Fund use

AS one of the most vulnerable countries in the world , being exposed to threats of climate change , Bangladesh is a natural claimant to its share of adaptation and mitigation funds. That's why it devolves upon Bangladesh a responsibility to set an example in the use of such funds and show that our integrity and efficiency are beyond question. In fact , to gain access to $9.3 billion international green climate fund we need to ensure capacity building with...

EXCLUSIVE TO THE DAILY STAR
WORLD AFFAIRS

Global solutions for globalisation's problems

Global solutions for globalisation's problems

THE last few decades of globalisation and innovation have resulted in the most rapid progress that the world has ever known. Poverty has been reduced. Life expectancy has increased. Wealth has been created at a scale that our ancestors could not have imagined. But the news is not all good. In fact, the...

Op-ed

Editorial

Saarc Summit ends on a positive note

AFTER a day of uncertainty marked by a stand-off of sorts between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif, who did not exchange greetings nor shook hands on the inaugural day, the second day saw them warmly shaking hands to the relief of everybody. And of the three agreements on the table, the most important one on structured cooperation in energy has been clinched. The other two, viz. motor vehicles and regional railway pacts, too have...

Editorial

Climate Fund use

AS one of the most vulnerable countries in the world , being exposed to threats of climate change , Bangladesh is a natural claimant to its share of adaptation and mitigation funds. That's why it devolves upon Bangladesh a responsibility to set an example in the use of such funds and show that our integrity and efficiency are beyond question. In fact , to gain access to $9.3 billion international green climate fund we need to ensure capacity building with...

STRAIGHT LINE

The chain of command issue

THE chain of command question in public service, particularly in law enforcement organisation, has once again attracted media attention. Some observers have commented that the virus of politicisation has been eating away at the vitals of police administration. On the subject of police professionalism some observers have taken issue with the politicians' attitudes that have allegedly resulted in the blurring of distinction between the party and the government and also between the government and the State. The above, without doubt,...

EXCLUSIVE TO THE DAILY STAR
WORLD AFFAIRS

Global solutions for globalisation's problems

Global solutions for globalisation's problems

THE last few decades of globalisation and innovation have resulted in the most rapid progress that the world has ever known. Poverty has been reduced. Life expectancy has increased. Wealth has been created at a scale that our ancestors could not have imagined. But the news is not all good. In fact, the...

Why no crosswalk at Saarc Fountain intersection

HATS off to DMP for their timely drive against jaywalkers. Many people have supported this drive, while others have opposed it and said that there should be crosswalks on Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, especially at the Saarc Fountain intersection. It is time to analyse why there should not be any crosswalks on this road, especially at the said intersection.   Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue is one of the major arterial roadways in Dhaka, which are high capacity roadways serving longer-distance...

18TH SAARC SUMMIT

Charter needs to be amended

Charter needs to be amended

IT is customary during summits for leaders to meet each other bilaterally and exchange greetings and notes. Summits of regional groupings become even more important because their goals are common. Since Summit Declarations etc. are not drafted by leaders (sherpas actually do that) they have ample time to sort out bilateral differences and...

Custom-made democracy

IN a democracy all are equal, but in some democracies some are more equal than others. I say this with profound apologies to George Orwell since this is a spin-off from his most famous statement in his book Animal Farm that “all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” In his book Orwell was not satirising democracy but the Russian Revolution that purported to bring about equality through socialism but in reality it was promoting another...

18th Saarc Summit: A partial success

ALTHOUGH initially there was some sense of frustration about lack of progress on three possible agreements, finally it looks like the Saarc leaders have been able to pen one agreement on the framework of energy cooperation. So I would brand it as a semi-success. Others -- the motor vehicle agreement and railway cooperation agreement -- may not have been signed but the optimism is still there as none of the countries have bluntly rejected it, but asked for more...

Letter To The Editor

Billboard business by ruling party goons

Nowadays billboard business has become very lucrative means for the ruling party men to earn money. Earlier we saw that steps were taken by the CCC to demolish the billboards from the main area of Chittagong city. But again the beauty of the city got shadowed by the mushrooming illegal billboards. These precariously built billboards claimed some precious lives recently when those collapsed upon the passers-by. What is most disturbing and disgusting is the reinstallation of these billboards even after...

Letter To The Editor

Challenge of higher population growth globally

According to a UN-led analysis published this year, the world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion by this century's end. That would mean two billion more people on Earth than expected by 2100, largely due to high birth rates in Africa, said the report in the US journal 'Science'. More people on Earth will likely exacerbate problems such as climate change, infectious diseases and poverty. The world countries should take the matter seriously and be prepared...

Letter To The Editor

Risks eucalyptus, acacia pose to ecology

It is very worrying that people all over the country are planting eucalyptus trees on their home yard, on the highlands and uncultivated land. Specialists and environmentalists warn that eucalyptus and other trees like this are very harmful for our land and environment because these types of trees absorb huge quantity of water and take in more oxygen rather than they produce. In many areas farmers and village people are planting eucalyptus and acacia trees without knowing the bad...

Letter To The Editor

Expose goings-on in Biman

The national airline has shamed us all as we came to know from media reports that high ranking officials of Biman were involved in gold smuggling. This ill-fame will not go away soon. Their image and reputation, and the stigma that it has caused have taken Biman into a nosedive; one wonders if it can ever recover from it. I am sure all readers and taxpayers will agree that there has to be an immediate and thorough inquiry into...

Comments on news report

“Some names still not on charge sheet,” published on Nov. 25, 2014 PlainSpeaker SAMS Kibria was a top AL leader. What is the government doing to find out and punish those who murdered Kibria? **** “'It was essential and necessary to hold the general elections'” (Nov. 25, 2014) OpeeMonir It is unfortunate that she was not thinking about our greater interest. It is also surprising that rather than being a diplomat, she was expressing her views like a political leader. **** “Govt alone can't fight corruption” (Nov....

Entertainment

A plethora of pristine melodies

A plethora of pristine melodies

Propelling patriotic passion, a big group of Bangladeshi artistes set off the inaugural day's event of the five-day third Bengal Classical Music Festival 2014 through rendering National Anthem, a DL Roy composition “Dhono Dhannye Pushpe Bhora” and a Kazi Nazrul song “O Bhai Khati Shonar Cheye Khati”. Ajinkya Joshi next took the stage and...

A stadium-full of classical music

A stadium-full of classical music

Bengal Classical Music Festival 2014 returned to Dhaka on Thursday evening with all its grandeur, to enthrall the audience through captivating music and dance, coupled with top-notch arrangements. On the opening night, approximately a crowd of over 30,000 attended the festival. Festive was the Army Stadium with multi-coloured lights, larger-than-life banners and billboard-size photos...

Malavika Sarukkai shines brighter than stars

Malavika Sarukkai shines brighter than stars

On the opening night of the Bengal Classical Music Festival 2014, a growing audience watched renowned Bharatnatyam dancer Vidushi Malavika Sarukkai alight the stage with a fiery solo performance. Malavika started off with Nrityanjali, a piece about Nattarajan, the dance God, his devotees and their pilgrimage to spiritualism. The short piece showed her excellence and grip in Bharatnatyam. In minutes, she conquered the entire stage. What she did after this piece and the audience really enjoyed was that she narrated the next story with the dance hand gestures before actually performing it. This helped reach out her story to those who did not know the gestures, and made them feel...

All set to observe BGTF day 2014

Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF) is set to observe Group Theatre Day today through a set of programmes. On this day in 1980, BGTF began its journey with a promise to flourish group theatre movement in the country and realise the dreams of theatre artistes. To accelerate the journey of theatre, BGTF took a number of remarkable steps. The federation has arranged a daylong lecture workshop and rally, cultural programmes and a gathering of theatre personalities at the National Theatre...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

The vichitra veena is a plucked string instrument used in Hindustani (North Indian) classical music, similar to the Carnatic (South Indian) gottuvadhyam. It is made of a broad, fretless, horizontal arm or crossbar around three feet long and six inches wide, with two large resonating gourds attached underneath at either end. There are...

City

Continuous pressure must to stop river grabbing

The administration, whose apathy allows land grabbers to encroach on rivers, must be continuously pressurised to bring a change in the attitude, Syeda Rizwana Hasan, chief executive, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela), told a discussion yesterday. “National River Protection Commission has been formed and the government in some cases has taken some decisions to evict grabbers. “But what have we seen...inaccurate installation of demarcation pillars in the Turag river. Due to our continuous movement and monitoring, the administration moved the pillars...

RU Prof Shafiul Killing

JCD calls hartal over arrest of its men

Rajshahi University unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal will enforce a dawn-to-dusk hartal in the city and at all educational institutions there on Monday, demanding immediate identification and arrest of the "real" killers of Prof AKM Shafiul Islam. Imtiaz Ahmed, RU unit JCD president, made announcement of the hartal, from 6:00am to 6:00pm, from a protest rally at Bhubon Mohon Park in Rajshahi city. “Law enforcers arrested many of our leaders and activists in the murder case. Later two law enforcement agencies...

Habiganj takes colourful look to greet PM

Habiganj takes colourful look to greet PM

Ahead of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to Habiganj today, the district headquarters wore a festive look with hundreds of billboards and makeshift gates welcoming her and projecting the successes of her regime. Alongside a zealous Awami League, the local administration was working to give the town a facelift by renovating and decorating important establishments. Hasina, also president of the ruling party, is scheduled to inaugurate and lay foundation stones of several projects, including the 400MW Bibiyana Power Plant in Nabiganj upazila, said Abu Jahir MP, president of Habiganj district AL. The prime minister returned home yesterday from the two-day 18th Saarc Summit in Nepal. She will address a rally at New Field...

Khaleda to join Comilla rally today

Khaleda to join Comilla rally today

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will visit Comilla today where she will address a public gathering. The BNP-led 20-party alliance has organised the gathering to protest the government's move to hike price of power and gas, and demand an election under a non-party neutral government, among other issues, said Amin-ur-Rashid, general secretary of BNP, Comilla...

Shortage Of Livestock Products

Adequate protein remains a challenge

Ensuring adequate protein intake for the country's growing population will remain a challenge as the gap between the demand and supply of livestock products, particularly meat, milk and eggs, will widen extensively in 2015, according to a recent study. There will be a deficit of 3.31 million tonnes of meat, 2.66 billion eggs, and 3.37 million litres of milk next year, finds the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in its study titled "Barriers to the Development of Livestock Sub-sector...

Death Of Mahjabin

Fair probe demanded

Several hundred people, including former and current students of Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College and family members and relatives of Dr Shamarukh Mahjabin, formed a human chain in the capital's Shahbagh yesterday demanding a fair probe into her death. Shamarukh Mahjabin, 26, wife of Humayun Sultan, son of ex-MP from Jessore-5 constituency Khan Tipu Sultan, was found dead at her in-laws in the capital's Dhanmondi on November 13. Humayun and Mahjabin got married in April last year. Her in-laws claimed...

Nisha Biswal visits BIPSOT in Gazipur

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal visited Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT) at Rajendrapur cantonment in Gazipur yesterday. Commandant of the institute Major General Maksudur Rahman welcomed the US assistant secretary when she arrived at BIPSOT. Biswal planted a sapling on the institute premises and met up with senior officials of BIPSOT and discussed the role of Bangladesh Armed Forces in UN Peacekeeping Operations.  US Ambassador Dan Mozena, among others, was...

ACC to introduce automation to bring transparency

The Anti-Corruption Commission has initiated a move to introduce automation system to bring transparency and accountability in the national anti-graft body and make it work faster. “The commission has already prepared the 'Road Map 2015-16' to bring the entire organisation under automation system and we (commission) approved it,” ACC commissioner Dr Nasiruddin Ahmed told the news agency on Thursday. On October 21, 2014, ACC at a meeting decided to install automation system so that its capacity could be strengthened by establishing...

Hindu idol found broken in Kurigram temple

The head of a Shib idol was found broken and the ornaments of Kali idol fallen on the ground at Shanyashirpat temple at Mogalbasa in Kurigram's sadar upazila yesterday. In this connection, the temple President Kamol Kanti Datta filed a general diary with Kurigram Sadar Police Station. A man first noticed the incident when he entered the temple to worship in the morning. Officer-in-Charge Abdul Baten said they were investigating it.

RU Hall Canteens

Poor hygiene scares off diners

The dining halls and canteens of all 16 dormitories of Rajshahi University have been serving substandard food in an unhygienic environment allegedly due to indifference of the authorities.    More often than not, students have found dead cockroaches, flies, tails of lizards and stones in their food. Some students alleged that in many cases, they fell sick after having stale food. The situation has led to the canteens seeing a decline in the number of students eating there as more and more students...

Bangladesh's Capt Moin to head IMSO

Bangladesh Navy's Capt Moin Uddin Ahmed has been elected director general of the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) in a contested election in London to head the inter-governmental body which oversees certain public safety and security services provided by mobile satellite communication systems. Moin was in the lead by considerable margin in all four rounds of elections against contenders from France, Germany, Italy and Romania, according to a press release of Bangladesh High Commission in London. In the last round, he...

Tengents

Change of Season

Change of Season

Winter is finally here bringing respite from our usual heat and humidity. Most people like the heat going away. Many despise the coughing, scratchy throat and wheezing that the dry weather brings. This seems to be over half the people I know, myself included. While most people don't miss the sweating of hotter...

Youth shot by muggers

Masked muggers shot a youth and snatched his mobile in Rajshahi city yesterday afternoon when he tried to resist them from assaulting his wife. With injuries to the ride side of the chest, Al Amin, 25, an electrician, of Jahajghat area, was admitted to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, said Ifte Khair Alam, assistant commissioner of police (Boalia Zone). Al Amin told reporters that two armed muggers waylaid him at Devisingpara of the city while he along with his wife was going...

AL men go berserk as leader hacked by rivals

A local Awami League leader was hacked by his rival group at Gopalpur village in Kaliganj upazila of Jhenidah on Thursday night, said police and locals. In retaliation, the group led by the victim, Malek Mollah, vandalised at least 15 houses of their rivals loyal to Shariful Islam, also nephew of Malek, they said. Malek, a member of Jamal union AL, is backed by AL lawmaker Anwarul Azim Anar from Jhenidah-4, while Shariful, president of Gopalpur ward-2 unit, is supported by...

Nayar's Death

Mother reiterates call for justice

Mother reiterates call for justice

With a Dhaka court having granted her appeal on Wednesday for exhuming and conducting a second autopsy, Razia Sultana, mother of Nayar Sultana, yesterday reiterated her demand for justice, seeking the prime minister's intervention. On October 16, the body of Nayar who played Tuni, a young girl in a popular 80s drama serial “Ei Shob Din Ratri” on Bangladesh Television, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her house at the capital's Gulshan. Her husband Al Amin was arrested that day centring a murder case Razia filed. He later got bail. The first autopsy report, conducted by Assistant Prof Sohel Mahmud of Dhaka Medical College, terms it a suicide. Al Amin and...

Touchstone statue of Tk 7cr recovered

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members recovered a touchstone statue of a Hindu goddess worth Tk 7 crore and arrested two of a family in this connection at Sultanpur village in Natore Sadar upazila on Thursday night. The arrestees are Shahjahan Miah and his son Mohasin. In a press briefing at Natore Press Club, Company Commander of Rab- 5 Maj Kamruzzaman Parvez yesterday said Shahjahan found the touchstone statue weighing 138 kg 10 months ago while digging a pond. And they tried...

3 arrested over student killing after kidnap

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday stated to have detained three men and be after a fourth who they say murdered a private university student recently for a Tk 10 lakh ransom. The body of Golam Rabbi, a BBA first year student of Institute of Science and Technology, was recovered from a water body in Pabna's Santhia on Tuesday night, a week after he went missing from the capital's Kalyanpur. Biplob Mollah and Raza Pramanic were detained at Santhia and their information...

News In Brief

Man jailed for sexual harassment Staff Correspondent, Ctg A Chittagong mobile court yesterday sentenced a 43-year-old man to six months' imprisonment for sexually harassing an 18-year-old girl in EPZ area of Chittagong city. Md Motaleb, of Pabna is a resident of Labour Colony Gate area under EPZ thana. He had been stalking the girl on her way to work for last few days and yesterday he embraced her before New Mooring Madrasa, said Abul Monoor, said EPZ police.       Man dies as train hits...

World

Thailand moves to bar Yingluck from politics

Thailand moves to bar Yingluck from politics

Thailand's military-stacked legislature pushed ahead yesterday with plans to impeach ousted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in what analysts say is an attempt to neuter her family's influence in politics for good. Yingluck, Thailand's first female premier and the sister of fellow ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, was removed from office in a controversial court...

'Pak to have 200 nuke warheads by 2020'

Pakistan is likely to have enough fissile material to build over 200 nuclear warheads by 2020, according to the latest report by Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a US think tank. The CFR special report “Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age”, authored by Gregory Koblentz from George Mason University, states that “Pakistan, which has the fastest growing nuclear weapon program in the world, is believed to have enough fissile material to produce between 110 and 120 nuclear warheads. By...

France eyes two-year deadline for ME peace

France's foreign minister yesterday urged a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within two years, as French MPs debated a symbolic motion to recognise Palestine as a state. Laurent Fabius said the United Nations Security Council was working on a resolution to relaunch and conclude talks. "A deadline of two years is the one most often mentioned and the French government can agree with this figure," he told MPs. The Palestinians are planning to formally submit to the UN Security Council a...

Ebola tests in 15 minutes!

British-funded researchers are to conduct trials in Guinea on a 15-minute Ebola test, the Wellcome Trust and UK government said in a joint statement yesterday. The prototype is six times faster than current tests and aims to speed up diagnosis, the London-based global research charity and the Department for International Development (DFID) said. "A reliable, 15-minute test that can confirm cases of Ebola would be a key tool for effective management of the Ebola outbreak, allowing patients to be identified, isolated...

One of four ISIS recruits returns India

Aarif Majid, one of the four Muslim youth who had reportedly left India in May this year to fight alongside the militant group Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq, has returned yesterday morning, The Hindu has learnt. The four young men identified as Aarif Majid, Fahad Shaikh, Amaan Tandel and Saheem Tanki hail from Kalyan district in Thane on the outskirts of Mumbai. On May 25, they left along with 40 others by an Etihad flight to Baghdad on a pilgrimage. On...

Brazilian martial art recieves Unesco status

Brazilian martial art recieves Unesco status

Capoeira - a Brazilian martial art form combining dance - has been given a special protected status by Unesco, the UN's cultural arm. A Unesco representative said defining capoeira as "intangible cultural heritage" would help Brazil preserve the tradition. Capoeira was originally created by African slaves to keep their fighting skills alive, disguising it a...

Obama on US Immigration Reforms

Only Natives can oppose my plan

Only Natives can oppose my plan

President Obama quite succinctly summed up the absurdity of the Republicans' issues with his immigration reform in Chicago yesterday, arguing that perhaps the only people who can legitimately be pissed off about illegal immigrants are Native Americans. Returning to his hometown to speak, the president tried to place his recent executive action, which saved...

India should not have cancelled talks

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said India should not have cancelled the Foreign Secretary-level talks, insisting that there was "nothing new" in consulting Kashmiri leaders ahead of a dialogue. "We had been talking to the Kashmiri leaders in the past whenever Pakistan-India talks are held. This is nothing new as we have to seek the opinion of the Kashmiri leaders on an issue that concerns them the most," Sharif told reporters on board his aircraft while returning home from...

News in Brief

Pakistan yesterday released 40 Indian prisoners from a jail here, officials said. The release comes a day after Indian PM Narendra Modi and his Pak counterpart Nawaz Sharif shook hands and exchanged pleasantries at the 18th Saarc Summit in Nepal. The released Indian prisoners included 36 fishermen and 4 others.

Star People

“HELLO, I AM NOBODY”

“HELLO, I AM NOBODY”

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences which are owned by the Sapling Foundation, a private non-profit organisation and operate under the slogan “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Their talks address a variety of topics ranging from science to culture, often through storytelling. TEDx Dhaka is an independently organised TED event, by...

The Animated Story

The Animated Story

For Manik and Ratan, two young Bangladeshi    animators, talking at the recently held TEDx Dhaka, was all about reliving the journey from being     cartoonists to Graphic Designers and Animators. "There is always the struggle in between!" say the genius twins. "There was so much to talk           about – like how we broke the...

When the Beat Drops

When the Beat Drops

Moktadir Dewan Shanto, also known as 'Beat Baksho,' is known as the first recognised beat boxer to come across our country's music scene. This incredible musician is now a role model for the upcoming musicians in our country. On November 22, he participated as one of the speakers for TEDx Dhaka. During his...

Showbiz

Cover Story

PAOLI DAM IN SWATTA

PAOLI DAM IN SWATTA

Popular Indian actress Paoli Dam, began her career in 2004 with the Bengali television serial Jibon Niye Khela. Since then, she worked in several television serials and made her debut in the Bengali film industry with Teen Yaari Katha. However, her first official release was Agnipariksa in 2006. She received international recognition for her part in Chatrak, a Bengali film which was screened at Cannes and other film festivals in Toronto and U.K. Paoli made her Bollywood debut when she starred in Hate Story. She also appeared in Vikram Bhatt's Ankur Arora Murder Case, and several other Benglai films. Now Paoli's been signed under Hasibur Reza Kallol's upcoming project...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

SEVEN YEARS OF CELEBRATING LIFE

SEVEN YEARS OF CELEBRATING LIFE

When Celebrating Life was started, I had no idea time would fly by so quickly, I find it hard to believe that Celebrating Life is in its 7th year. When I look back, I still feel like it started last year. It still baffles me as to how we organized a festival/contest of...

WALK THE TALK

JOCASTA

JOCASTA

The Oedipus tragedy is known to all. Oedipus was a club footed prince, later to become the king. When Oedipus was born, the soothsayer proclaimed that Oedipus was destined to kill his father. To avoid this tragic turn of events, Oedipus was sent off to the woods and was ordered to be killed...

CELEBRATING LIFE CELEBRATED!

CELEBRATING LIFE CELEBRATED!

For the better half of a decade, Celebrating Life has been acting as a massive platform for creative expression across the country. With each passing year, this event keeps getting bigger and more diverse in terms of magnitude, themes and regional concerts/ exhibitions. This year's theme was “Living In Harmony” on which all...

WINNERS OF THIS YEAR'S CELEBRATING LIFE

LIVING IN HARMONY

LIVING IN HARMONY

PHOTOGRAPHY 1ST PLACE: PANKAJ SIKDER I have been taking pictures since I was very little, but you can't really take those seriously. They were amateur. However I professionally started in 1989. I have many national and international awards. The most recent one I can think of is 2nd prize at the BPS National. In 1997...

GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

SPLINTER CELL MOVIE TO BEGIN PRODUCTION EARLY NEXT YEAR The film has been in the works for quite some time now, and stars Tom Hardy in the lead role of badass Navy Seal operative Sam Fisher. The project may also involve Doug Liman, director of Edge of Tomorrow. The film currently lacks a release date, but Basil Ilwanyk, producer for movies like The Expendables, gave a brief production update that points toward a production start date early next year.  From Ubisoft and 20th Century Fox, Splinter Cell was written by Sheldon Turner (X-Men: First Class, Up in the Air). If production does start early next year, than we should expect...

MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

UNDER  TH E SKIN Director: Jonathan Glazer Writers:  Walter Campbell, Michel Faber Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay Strength: Fantastic Cinematic shots, a compelling premise Weakness: Too long for a movie with very little dialogue Runtime: 108 minutes Rating: 2.5/5 Plot: A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a...

INT'L FILM

WIM WENDERS

WIM WENDERS

One of the best known directors of the New German Cinema, Wenders is often characterized as the "existentialist" of the movement. Stylistically, his films blend Hollywood forms and genres with elements of counter-cinema. "All my films," Wenders claims, "have as their underlying current the Americanization of Germany." No other German filmmaker has dealt...

DID YOU KNOW?

Will 2015 Be The Best Movie Year Ever?

Will 2015 Be The Best Movie Year Ever?

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (February 13) Based on E.L. James' erotic best-seller, Fifty Shades of Grey follows Anastasia "Ana" Steele, a 21 year old college senior. In place of her friend Kate, Ana interviews 27-year-old Christian Grey, a successful and wealthy young entrepreneur. From this meeting on, Christian engages with Ana in a new...

Literature

HEY, HAY!

HEY, HAY!

EDITOR’S NOTE "I mark the hours, every one,  Nor have I yet outrun the Sun. My use and value, unto you, Are gauged by what you have to do." —Inscription on Hermione Granger's Time-Turner With five simultaneous events happening around the Bangla Academy grounds during Hay Festival Dhaka, not to mention the food treats and the cha-adda-sessions at Bottola,...

Hay Fever

Hay Fever

Dhaka has the annual Ekushey BoiMela, an extravagance of books and celebration of our local authors, many of whom we are already aware of.  However, Hay Festival Dhaka is quite the opposite. Selling books is not the focus, rather it's a side-benefit. The main attraction is to meet and interact with stellar International...

For Whom the Hay Shines

For Whom the Hay Shines

The Hay Festival Dhaka 2014 concluded recently and with it has ended three days of “transcending the boundaries of nations through literary and intellectual exchanges”, as one columnist described it. Sounds like a lofty goal for three days…but perhaps not totally out of place in Bangladesh. A country where many don't know where...

Letters

Letter To The Editor

Billboard business by ruling party goons

Nowadays billboard business has become very lucrative means for the ruling party men to earn money. Earlier we saw that steps were taken by the CCC to demolish the billboards from the main area of Chittagong city. But again the beauty of the city got shadowed by the mushrooming illegal billboards. These precariously built billboards claimed some precious lives recently when those collapsed upon the passers-by. What is most disturbing and disgusting is the reinstallation of these billboards even after...

Letter To The Editor

Challenge of higher population growth globally

According to a UN-led analysis published this year, the world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion by this century's end. That would mean two billion more people on Earth than expected by 2100, largely due to high birth rates in Africa, said the report in the US journal 'Science'. More people on Earth will likely exacerbate problems such as climate change, infectious diseases and poverty. The world countries should take the matter seriously and be prepared...

Letter To The Editor

Risks eucalyptus, acacia pose to ecology

It is very worrying that people all over the country are planting eucalyptus trees on their home yard, on the highlands and uncultivated land. Specialists and environmentalists warn that eucalyptus and other trees like this are very harmful for our land and environment because these types of trees absorb huge quantity of water and take in more oxygen rather than they produce. In many areas farmers and village people are planting eucalyptus and acacia trees without knowing the bad...

Letter To The Editor

Expose goings-on in Biman

The national airline has shamed us all as we came to know from media reports that high ranking officials of Biman were involved in gold smuggling. This ill-fame will not go away soon. Their image and reputation, and the stigma that it has caused have taken Biman into a nosedive; one wonders if it can ever recover from it. I am sure all readers and taxpayers will agree that there has to be an immediate and thorough inquiry into...

Comments on news report

“Some names still not on charge sheet,” published on Nov. 25, 2014 PlainSpeaker SAMS Kibria was a top AL leader. What is the government doing to find out and punish those who murdered Kibria? **** “'It was essential and necessary to hold the general elections'” (Nov. 25, 2014) OpeeMonir It is unfortunate that she was not thinking about our greater interest. It is also surprising that rather than being a diplomat, she was expressing her views like a political leader. **** “Govt alone can't fight corruption” (Nov....